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PostPosted: Jul 30th, 2015, 9:29 pm 
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I needed a cheap and simple 3D CAD app to rough out a design for a new ROV and decided to give Autodesk's "123D Design" a try ( http://www.123dapp.com/design ). I have to say, it is much better than I expected! The tool set is pretty minimal, but so far I've had no problem creating any surface or object I've needed to. Its import / export capabilities are pretty meager, but I've managed to work around it so far. I haven't sent any designs out for fabrication yet, so hopefully it works as well as I hope.


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PostPosted: Aug 8th, 2015, 12:24 pm 
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Thanks for the tip,

getting a feel for it after playing for a few days, designed some endcaps 8-) 8-)


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PostPosted: Aug 8th, 2015, 2:25 pm 
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@Bindo - Nice! I'm finding 123D Design to be surprisingly powerful. Although it doesn't have all the tools I'm used to, I find that I can do most things one way or the other.


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PostPosted: Oct 12th, 2015, 4:29 pm 
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Autodesk Fusion 360 http://www.autodesk.co.uk/products/fusion-360/overview and PTC Creo Elements Direct http://www.ptc.com/product/creo/element ... ng/express are also worth a look.

Sam


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PostPosted: Nov 20th, 2017, 7:43 pm 
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One of the nice things about 360 is the ease of sharing work between a group. Collaboration is really easy.

It also easy to import hardware drawings from mcMaster-Carr, nuts, bolts, pipes, etc. nearly everything in the catalogue has a CAD file. This frees you up from the mundane stuff. For a free app it's pretty good with sheet metal, cam, rendering, etc. The learning curve is pretty shallow, and to be fair it knocks sketch-up into a cocked hat.


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